Abbott Patent Searcher - Medical Device in Abbott Park, Illinois

At Abbott, we're committed to helping people live their best possible life through the power of health. For more than 125 years, we've brought new products and technologies to the world -- in nutrition, diagnostics, medical devices and branded generic pharmaceuticals -- that create more possibilities for more people at all stages of life. Today, 99,000 of us are working to help people live not just longer, but better, in the more than 150 countries we serve.

A medical device patent searcher to conduct patent, scientific, business and other IP-related information searches. Review and synthesize search results. Present deliverables succinctly to patent attorneys to enable IP legal assessments and to support decision-making within the R&D, Commercial and overall business process. Main outputs are:

  • Prior art searches

  • Patent opposition/Invalidity studies

  • Freedom-to-operate searches

  • Novelty and patentability searches

  • Due diligence support

  • Create and monitor third party patent applications, patent families and legal status alerts; Create and monitor current awareness alerts on industry related topics

Key Responsibilities

  • Develops and maintains positive and effective relationships with attorneys by understanding their information needs, creating smart search strategies (databases, classes and codes, keywords and indexing) and proposing cost-effective and timely information solutions

  • Conducts accurate, comprehensive and thoughtful searches using available resources

  • Creates and delivers thorough, well written and highly professional reports in a timely manner that are clearly structured and that address the issues

  • Collaborates successfully with cross-functional teams to support multifaceted projects

  • Continuously monitors, updates and improves knowledge and expertise with respect to patent searching techniques, tools and information resources

  • Focused on best practices; Actively develops and applies skills and knowledge that advances our organization

Key Skills

  • Degree in mechanical or electrical engineering preferred

  • Patent searching experience in the healthcare/medical device industry, in a legal and/or library setting preferred

  • Good knowledge in patent law or training in intellectual property

  • Understanding of major patent related databases and hosts, knowledge of text-mining and visualization tools a plus

  • Ability to quickly review, analyze and synthesize technical information

  • Exceptional customer focus and high degree of professionalism to allow agile and proactive responses to changing business demands and opportunities

  • Works effectively under pressure with the ability to prioritize workload and respond quickly; Takes ownership of results

  • Participates with team members in the creation of new ideas and processes; shows initiative in gaining cross-disciplinary perspectives

  • Fosters an environment that encourages inclusion and respect for diverse opinions

  • Excellent communication, writing and presentation skills


Bachelor’s Degree within a subject field relevant to Abbott’s business or scientific interests including chemistry, biology or engineering required, or relevant experience. Master’s Degree preferred, with course specialization in chemistry, biology, engineering, business or Information/Library Science.

Position Titles or Description of Experience

  • Years Ph.D. or M.S. with intensive subject expertise 3-4.

  • B.S. with extensive industry experience in lab and patent searching 4-5.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Abbot welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

We provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.

To request accommodation, please call 224-667-4913 or email